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Aston Martin Announces Details of First Fully-Electric Car

The automaker says they will only make 155 units of the high-performance, special-edition car.

British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin has shared some pictures and specs of its upcoming electric car. The car is called Rapide E and will be Aston Martin’s first fully electric car.

Production will start in the fourth quarter of 2019. The automaker will only make 155 Rapide Es, so the car will not be commonplace.

The new car will run on an 800-volt battery and will have a range of more than 200 miles.

The battery will use more than 5,600 lithium-ion 18650 cylindrical cells. It will charge at a rate of 185 mph with a 400V outlet and 50kW charger.

However, the car can charge much faster with an 800V outlet and 100kW charger at a rate of 310 mph – that’s an impressive charging rate. Aston Martin chief executive officer told TechCrunch that means it takes around 15 minutes to get the battery to 80%.

The Rapide E can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds, and from 50 to 70 mph in 1.5 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 155 mph and runs on two electric motors producing a combined target output of 610PS and 950Nm of torque.

Aston Martin is working with Williams Advanced Engineering, which developed and assembled batteries for Formula E cars in the past, to develop the car.

The automaker will make the cars at its new production facility in St. Athan, South Wales. They did not mention the price in the press release and said that the price will be available when customers register. However, they have previously mentioned that the car would cost around $255,000.

News source: TechCrunch

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